A beginner's guide to searching and monitoring local files

Among the many features of Retrospective, searching and monitoring are the most important ones.

This video tutorial aims to show you how you can search and monitor local files. There are two approaches to do so: the profile-based method and the ad-hoc mode where you choose log files on the fly.

Also featured in this video tutorial are:

  • Retrospective basics

  • Creating a profile

  • Search criteria


  • For searching, Retrospective uses grep command over ssh to return only matching results.

  • For monitoring, Retrospective uses the tails -f command to return only files that get written constantly.